HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Depending on the cause of your vertigo, there are certain things that can trigger an episode. For individuals who suffer from positional vertigo, which occurs when the crystals in the inner ear move out of place, movements such as getting out of bed, turning quickly, looking up or bending forward may serve as triggers. Vertigo caused by peripheral factors, such as an inner ear infection, may be triggered by quick movements.
If you are experiencing vertigo, there are ways you can compensate to make the symptoms less severe. When getting out of bed, first spot something on the wall and maintain your gaze while rolling over to your side and getting up. Practice the same concept when riding in a car; maintain your gaze at a spot in the horizon and avoid looking out the side window or into your lap. When transitioning or moving from sitting down to standing up or turning from one side to the other, allow your body to settle for a moment before you begin to walk to help avoid falls.
While these tips can certainly help alleviate symptoms of vertigo, they aren’t treating and addressing the underlying cause of the condition. Therefore, it is still important to get medically evaluated if experiencing symptoms of vertigo. Take note of any triggers of the condition, how long it lasts, what makes it worse and/or better, and any symptoms that accompany it. These are important items to discuss with your doctor to ensure the proper treatment. Depending on your condition, you may be referred to vestibular rehabilitation.
Christina Weaver is a licensed physical therapist and balance and vestibular specialist at Cone Health Neurorehabilitation Center. Christina received a Bachelor of Science in zoology at N.C. State University in 1996, and a Master’s of physical therapy from Western Carolina University in 1998. She also received her vestibular certification from Emory University in 2002.